The president of the Northeast chapter of the American Lung Association posted a letter in the Democrat and Chronicle to remind people the organization still thinks very little of the concept of harm reduction. The letter naturally encourages the FDA to remove harm reduction products from the marketplace until they can be determined to be “safe”. Anything approved by the FDA is of course A-OK with them.
It is important to remember that the FDA has not approved the use of any reduced-harm products or e-cigarettes. The Lung Association feels e-cigarettes should be removed from the marketplace until FDA determines them to be safe.
In the FDA hearings held at the end of last year, many such groups were encouraging the standard to be safer than smoking rather than safer than placebo (as in totally safe). Yet, that same standard doesn't seem to hold water for non-industry products like e-cigarettes. And lest we not forget, Chantix is apparently safe and effective according to the FDA.